Harris and Lewis Hill Track Surveyor

Harris and Lewis Hill Track Surveyor

Purpose of the role

To survey one or more of a selection of routes in the isles of Lewis and Harris that we propose to include in the next edition of the ScotWays book Scottish Hill Tracks, including taking notes and photographs, and drafting a new description to help readers follow the route alongside the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map.  

The activities that you may be involved in include: 

  • Visiting routes in Harris and Lewis, some of which are in remote areas. 
  • Carrying out a survey with a standard approach and using a template to report back findings, including a suggested new description for the route. 
  • Recording details of any signposts or issues encountered on the route. 
  • Reporting the results of your survey. 

    You will need:

    • A sense of adventure and enthusiasm for the outdoors
    • The desire to improve knowledge of Scottish Hill Tracks routes.
    • The fitness to walk your chosen route.
    • To have a good understanding of outdoor safety.
    • To be a competent navigator.
    • Clothing and footwear suitable for being outdoors for long period of times.
    • A willingness to learn.
    • The ability to work alone in a safe and structured way.

    We will provide:

    • A choice of routes.
    • Survey templates.
    • A briefing about your role.
    • The potential chance to work with others on larger projects.
    • The chance to make a difference to outdoor access.
    • Reimbursement of agreed expenses.
    • ScotWays insurance cover for the work asked of you. 

    If you have some spare time and you’d like to help ScotWays with this role, please get in touch with Neil Birch, the Access Officer responsible for volunteering. He will arrange a chat with you and discuss how volunteering for ScotWays works.